Even when I have trouble sleeping the night before (it's been happening a lot lately), I'm a morning person. I just love that rising sun, those chirping birds. But there are a few rituals that also put me in a good mood in those early AM hours. First is exercise. I'll admit that I don't always work out in the morning, I don't even work out every day, but I enjoy it most when I do. Between those endorphins and knowing you've been active before noon--go you! Although I'm hardly in the habit of getting out of bed before 7am, free fitness classes (like those at Athleta) are a great motivation. So is promising to meet a friend at the gym or studio. Second is primping. Taking the time to get ready can set a beautiful tone for the day. I know I feel better when I believe I look better. I'm a lot calmer, too, after I've spent time with my mascara wand and tied up my new booties. And I'm not the only one. As Miss Holly said today, "I may have actually looked at my happy, put-together self in the mirror and sung out loud for the courtesy of my neighbors, 'I am a woman, hear me roar and take over the world!'" Yes, it can be that good.
P.S. I've been thinking of making a series of "how to" posts like this one, e.g. how to pack lightly, how to work from home, how to eat out healthfully. Thoughts?